Archive for November, 2009

A stroll through the parks

Kentucky’s National Parks: A ‘Kentucky Life’ Special premieres Tuesday

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Cumberland GapThis fall, Ken Burns and PBS thrilled America with a compelling documentary showcasing the history and beauty of the country’s national parks. Now, learn how five sites in Kentucky came to be protected by the National Park Service in the new high-definition KET production Kentucky’s National Parks: A Kentucky Life Special, premiering Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET as part of WinterPledge 2009.

Hosted by Kentucky Life’s Dave Shuffett, Kentucky’s National Parks moves from the depths of Mammoth Cave to the heights of Cumberland Gap (above) and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (below). In between, discover how Kentucky played an important role in the history of the country.

Yahoo FallsFirst, Dave explores Mammoth Cave National Park in a wild cave tour. Featured segments detail the role that African-American slaves played in the exploration of the cave and reveal the still-primitive nature of this longest cave system in the world. Then, at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, a National Historical Park, the Kentucky roots of one of the nation’s greatest presidents are examined, while at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the program examines how the park is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The special also visits Big South Fork and stops along the certified sites in Kentucky along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

Along the way, Kentuckians share their thoughts about the preservation of these places and what they mean to the Commonwealth and the nation.

To watch a preview of KET’s exciting new production, and to learn more about Kentucky’s national park lands, visit

Let it snow

WinterPledge 2009 heats up this weekend

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Celtic WomanDuring WinterPledge 2009, Nov. 28 through Dec. 6, KET presents a fascinating array of concerts, how-to specials, and engaging documentaries. But this special season also offers the opportunity to help KET guide all Kentuckians on an exciting and fulfilling journey through life — to literally explore Kentucky, and the world.

WinterPledge 2009 features an all-new concert special by the international supergroup Celtic Woman (left). Recorded at Ireland’s historic Powerscourt House and Garden, Celtic Woman performs songs from their latest CD, Songs from the Heart. Tickets and backstage passes for Celtic Woman’s April 2 live concert in Louisville are available as thank-you gifts for donors, as well as tickets to performances by the Rockettes, Jim Brickman and Chris Botti.

Then, relive the classics that brought this country through World War II in The Big Band Years, go sock-hopping in Magic Moments — The Best of ’50s Pop, and swing to your favorite rhythms in Motown Memories.

Through KET, Kentuckians can explore the richness the state has to offer through its national parks sites. Hosted by Kentucky Life’s Dave Shuffett, Kentucky’s National Parks: A Kentucky Life Special moves from the depths of Mammoth Cave to the heights of the Cumberland Gap region. You can see a preview of this new high-definition KET production at

BeatlesOther exciting WinterPledge programs include Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes, Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement, and Great Performances “Hitman: David Foster and Friends.” Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics — The ’60s features classic song performances from the Ed Sullivan Show, including the Beatles (right), the Doors, and the Rolling Stones.

“Contributions to KET touch thousands of lives every day,” said Michele Ripley, president of KET’s Commonwealth Fund. “They permit the network to open the world of ideas to all people in Kentucky, as KET provides insights, discoveries, issues, cultures, excitement and entertainment to communities throughout the state.”

During WinterPledge, KET takes time to remind viewers of the world of opportunities available on-air daily that are ready and waiting for Kentuckians to explore. The financial support of its members is critical to KET’s mission. To make a gift, call 1-800-866-0366 or go online at

Gobble it up

Thanksgiving week programs celebrate food, family, friends

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

Christy RostThis week, three special programs prepare viewers for Turkey Day by planning a traditional meal with all the trimmings, celebrating friends and family, and giving thanks through song.

First, award-winning television chef, cookbook author, and home-design expert Christy Rost (left) plans a festive Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends in her holiday special, A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, airing tonight at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2. Christy deftly weaves her cooking tips, seasonal recipes, table-setting ideas, and more into an exploration of the storied history and renovation of her new home, the 19th-century Colorado mountain estate known as “Swan’s Nest.” The program culminates with the unveiling of the finished home — a process two years in the making — and Christy and her husband, Randy, sharing a Thanksgiving feast with their guests.

Everlasting StreamThen, on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET2 and Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET, discover how rabbit-hunting in Barren County taught a soft urbanite life lessons in the acclaimed KET production The Everlasting Stream. It tells the story of a high-profile Washington Post reporter who began taking hunting trips with his father-in-law and his hunting buddies — three rough-edged African-American country men who at first seemed to have nothing in common with the white city slicker. Little did he know that over the next two decades, these four men would change not only his opinions about hunting, but his feelings about the things that mattered most.

Finally, give thanks with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they perform songs of gratitude in a Thanksgiving concert special. We Gather Together airs Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET2.

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